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on 15 May 2006
This album is my accompaniment to insomnia (not to be mixed up with being a cure for it!). Birds is one of those albums that inexplicably sounds perfect at 3am in the morning. It also sounds pretty damn good during the rest of the day as well!
Fans of Bic's previous album, the stunning "Beautiful Collision", may initially be somewhat disappointed with Birds. I was lucky enough to see Bic in concert recently and she actually apologised to the audience for the depressing songs and suggested they would sound better if we were drunk. She was obviously joking, but there is an undeniable darker edge to this album and it contains nothing as radio friendly as "Get Some Sleep" or "Something Good", let alone her signiture tune "Sway". However, Birds is one of those albums that slowly gets under your skin and I now enjoy it as much, if not more than "Drive" and "Beautiful Collision".
The album begins splendidly with the first single, "Winning Arrow". While this is the closest thing to a pop song on the album, it also introduces the bittersweet tone that defines Birds with its overwhelming theme of heartbreak. The next songs, "Say After Me" and "Listen" are two of my favourites and would both make great singles. "Birds", "Ruby Nights" and "No Crying No More" showcase Bic's phenomenal vocal range to stunning effect. "Birds" is an eerie lounge song with a distinct jazz feel, while "Ruby Nights" and "No Crying No More" could almost be described as alt-country.
"If I Had You" is an exquisite love song, while "Captured" is 6 minutes of one of the finest voices in modern music. My favourite song, "That's alright", is one of the most upbeat depressive tunes I can think of, while "Blue Blue Heart" is simply depressing but irresistible. The album closes with another epic, suitably titled "It's Over". Again, this song perfectly demonstrates Bic's perfect pitch and tone.
I'm not sure why Bic Runga doesn't sell albums by the truckload. She is beautiful, writes her own songs, plays just about every musical instrument on her albums and possesses a truly exquisite voice. Birds is very highly recommended.